New 802.11n, Bluetooth, FM Chip Forged By Broadcom
Broadcom recently announced its latest wireless chip, which combines an 802.11n radio with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an FM receiver/transmitter onto a single piece of silicon. Most combo chips are still using 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. 802.11n is a faster variant that reduces latency and has more bandwidth. It provides up to 50Mbps of actual wireless throughput. The chip is already sampling to manufacturers and will be ready for large-scale distribution in 2009.
Caltech Sues Broadcom, Apple Over WiFi Patents
Caltech has filed a lawsuit against Broadcom and Apple and alleges the two firms are using its patented technology without permission. The patents in question, granted to Caltech between 2006 and 2012, cover 802.11n and 802.11ac WiFi technologies, which improve transmission speeds and reduce the hardware needed for WiFi radios.
LeTV Max Pro Calls Dibs On Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Chip
LeTV today announced the Max Pro, the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. In addition to Qualcomm's flagship chip, the Max Pro takes advantage of 802.11ad 60 GHz WiFi from Qualcomm and Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint technology.
Broadcom Talks Up Power Efficient Smartwatch Chip
Broadcom today announced a new platform for Android Wear smartwatches that promises to deliver major gains in battery life. The Broadcom wearable system-on-a-chip includes a quad-core Cortex A7 application processor and 2G/3G modem support.
Qualcomm Intros 802.11ad 60 GHz WiFi for Phones
Qualcomm and Letv today announced the first phone with the Snapdragon 820 and Wi-Fi 802.11ad, which operates in the very high-frequency 60 GHz radio band. The Letv Le Max Pro also includes Qualcomm's Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.